During most competitions where video assisted judging is used the videoReferee® system is usually connected to the arena scoreboard controller for receiving the pertinent data (time, period, score, etc.). Quite often there are situations when, for some reason, such direct connection cannot be accomplished but are critical for synchronizing video and scoreboard timing. A typical example is judging the validity of a throw in basketball at the end of shot clock. Only if the throw was made before the end of this time-slot, the throw is valid.
In order to deal with such situations a new feature was added to videoReferee® – displaying a selected portion of the scoreboard as a PIP during search and playback. The operator will select the scoreboard area to be displayed at system setup. During playback / search of any channel this part of the scoreboard will be displayed in the corner of the screen.
For systems with a limited number of channels (videoReferee® -B, -Jr. or -SR) there is a special Scoreboard Camera Option, providing an additional external input channel via the USB interface. Any camera with SDI or HDMI output or even consumer camcorders can be used to capture the scoreboard.
The videoReferee® video judging system has been tested and used for years in several sports. The system is already in use successfully in major sports leagues all around the world (e.g.: Ice-Hockey, Canoe Slalom, Basketball, Volleyball) and proved its functionality and ease of use without any failures during competitions. For several years now, all international canoe slalom competitions of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), including the Olympic Games 2016, are monitored by videoReferee® systems. At the IHF Handball World Championships 2017 in France videoReferee® was the overall video judging system supporting the judges. Thanks to the simple and intuitive operation of the videoReferee® system and its controller, trainings on the system are fast and easy – judges can start to work with the system in a breath.